What Manchester United can expect from Sir Jim Ratcliffe's first summer transfer window
Manchester United are entering their first summer transfer window not run by the Glazers in more than a decade at the end of the season.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe's move to Old Trafford has been ratified by the Premier League meaning the INEOS founder is now fully operating the football side of the club. While not an immediate concern at this stage, Ratcliffe will have a firm eye on the upcoming summer transfer window at the end of the season.
United will be in desperate need of new recruits come the end of the season with the core of the squad needing to be improved before a ball is kicked in anger in August. But how will INEOS approach their first summer transfer window, based on their actions at two other clubs under their influence, OGC Nice and FC Lausanne-Sport?
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MEN Sport has spoken to Lausanne supporter and Les Pontheses blogger Vedouble and Editor-in-Chief of Get French Football News Luke Entwistle to gain insight on what we can expect from Ratcliffe and co at United.
One notable characteristic from INEOS' first forays at both clubs was their eagerness to spend relatively big with disappointing results. "In the first few months (winter 2018), a lot of money was spent on players who didn't make the impact that had been hoped for, and the club was relegated to the second division," Vedouble explained.
"Then, after the first relegation, INEOS said it had learned from its mistakes and made reasonable transfers financially speaking, which enabled the club to climb back into the top flight after two seasons in the second division."
"At the start, it was big money, it was all about